Thank you

A humble thank you to all the U.S. servicemen and women who’ve stood guard over our freedoms and way of life.  It seems every day should be Memorial Day. A special thanks to my immediate family members and friends Jim, Efren, Lito, Larry, Jim and Jeff who have served in the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force in war and peace times. And to my grandfather who received no uniform or medal in WWII to fight along side the U.S. to protect his homeland and my mother in Bataan. I’m sorry I never got to know you, but am thankful for all you did.

– Jose Mallabo

  1. #1 by Chris on May 25, 2009 - 10:40 am

    Beautiful sentiment. Would love to hear your grandfather’s story sometime. My father was in the Army Air Corps based in Guam in WWII. They were the greatest generation because they had a shared purpose to live and die for and they answered the call because they knew the love of something greater than themselves. We need those everyday heroes again, like your family and friends above. Happy Memorial Day.

  2. #2 by admin on May 27, 2009 - 7:04 pm

    Closest tale I’ve seen told is in a book called “Ghost Soldiers.” But my grandfather was one of the thousands of Filipino militia (lack of a better term) that fought the Japanese along with the U.S. during WWII. The odd thing is my family never shared much of this with me until fairly recently. It’s odd how blase they are about what I think is immensely fascinating and screenplay fodder. But apparently a Japanese squadron raided my mom’s house and shot at her father and siblings as they fled into the fields to hide. That’s just a tad more interesting than my tales about commuting through the Bay Area.

  3. #3 by Crazy G on May 28, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    Thanks for the kind thoughts.

  4. #4 by sib-39 on June 1, 2009 - 10:20 am

    Cool blog!

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